A Quick Guide to Home Automation Wiring for Builders and Architects

A Quick Guide to Home Automation Wiring for Builders and Architects

How to Set Up Wiring for Smart Home Success

In Chicagoland, the smart home market is growing fast. More and more homeowners are seeking out automation technology right from the start—during new construction. For builders and architects who are just now dipping their toes into smart home technology, it can be difficult to know what you need to do during the construction stage to ensure that the home is built to support smart devices. Below, we’ve put together a short guide to home automation wiring so that you can better understand your role in smart home construction and ensure that your Illinois home buyers are fully satisfied with their investment.

Why Pre-Wire?

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, and that old saying holds just as true for new home construction. Pre-wiring creates a strong technology foundation for smart home automation. Consider a home that doesn’t have home automation wiring. The homeowners move in, start adding smart devices, and find that there aren’t the appropriate cables and wiring accessible in each room. What happens next? An automation contractor has to go back into the home, open up the walls, and redo the wiring anyway. It makes much more sense (and results in far happier homeowners) to do it right the first time.

How Will Home Automation Affect the Home Building Process?

Architects already put a lot of thought into the purpose and design of each room, but smart homes require even more planning upfront. When building a custom home, you need to know more than just what each’s room’s purpose will be—you need to have a clear idea of what technology will be used in each room. Will the patio require wiring for an outdoor TV and in-wall speakers? Will the bathroom need to be set up for a mirror TV? Will this technology be hidden as part of the smart home design? These are all questions that need to be answered upfront so that you can incorporate them into the home building plans.

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Can a Regular Electrician Do Home Automation Wiring?

Short answer: no. While a licensed electrician will be able to handle the conventional wiring for outlets, telecommunications, etc., a smart home requires more knowledge of each device’s power and networking requirements as well as how all of the devices should work together to form one smart ecosystem.

I Need Home Automation Wiring for New Construction. What Should I Do Now?

Give us a call at (630) 898-2850 or fill out this quick form and we’ll reach out to you.  Barrett’s Technology Solutions is more than just an A/V company. We work directly with builders, architects, interior designers, and other contractors from start to finish to ensure that the home is built directly in line with the homeowner’s wishes. We handle the system design, implementation, calibration, and ongoing support, leaving you to focus on the aspects of new home construction that you do best.